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Norfolk Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Norfolk Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abigail John Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.12th Sep 1917)
  • Angell Ernest. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Armfield Samuel Percival. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Arnup Henry Alfred. Srgt. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Attenborough John Haddon. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Barlow William H.. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bates William Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd June 1915)
  • Baxter John William. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1917)
  • Beaumont Arthur George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Benefer George Edward. L/Cpl. 1/5th Btn. (d.14th July 1918)
  • Benson Henry Walker. Pte. 1/8th Battalion (d.19th Aug 1917)
  • Bermingham William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th Sep 1914)
  • Biggs John Austin. 1st Btn. (d.28th June 1915)
  • Brooks George Henry. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.22nd Oct 1918)
  • Brown George John. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Brown Matthew. Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.28th April 1917)
  • Bulley Elvin Spencer. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Burlingham George Edward. Pte 8th Btn
  • Burlingham William Robert. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Burnett Robert G.. 2nd Lt.
  • Chadwick Harry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.19th Apr 1917.)
  • Chadwick Harry. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • Clark William George. Pte. 1/8th Btn.
  • Clarke Leslie William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.20th Nov 1918)
  • Clutterham Frederick Ernest. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1916)
  • Cooper George Samuel. Pte. 9th Btn (d.8th Oct. 1918)
  • Cork William James Samuel. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Sep 1916)
  • Cullen James Paul. Pte.
  • Curson Alexander George. L/Cpl. 8th Batt (d.19th July 1916)
  • Dewing William Anthony. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Dixon Tom. Pte. 1st Bt, D Coy,. (d.28th April 1915)
  • Douglas Dennis H.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Douglas George Dennis. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Earl Arthur Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn, 'A' Company
  • Eckersley William Mark. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.17th May 1916)
  • Eddy Richard James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th July 1916)
  • Edwards Jabez. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Farmer Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Foyster John. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st May 1917)
  • Fuller Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th August 1914)
  • Gilbert Frederick. Pte. 1st Garrison Bn. (d.10th Aug 1917)
  • Goldspink Charles Samuel. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.19th Jul 1916)
  • Goode George Horace.
  • Goreham Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Goulty William Earnest. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Gunton Louis. Pte 9th Btn (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Gunton Louis. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th September 1916)
  • Gutberlet Charles William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Guymer Bertie. Pte. 1st Bn. (d.25th June 1915)
  • Hammond Robert Henry. L/Cp. 7th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1916)
  • Hare Bertie Edward. 7th Btn. (d.14th Oct 1915)
  • Howes Arthur Fredrick. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Hubbard Harry Laurence. CSM 3rd Battalion
  • Hudson John. A/Cpl. 9th Battalion (d.16th Sep 1916)
  • Jeffries Bertie. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Kelly John Sherwood. A/Lt.Col. att. 1st Btn Royal Iniskilling Fusiliers
  • Kerry Joseph Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Aug 1914)
  • Lake Frederick Charles. Col.Sgt. 1st Btn., Attchd. Gold Coast Regiment, WAFF (d.1st April 1915)
  • Lecky John Rupert Frederick. Capt. (d.28th Sep 1915)
  • Lecky John Rupert Frederick. Capt. 7th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1915)
  • Lowe Albert Samuel. Pte.
  • Lowe Albert Samuel. Pte.
  • Luchford Harry George Ernest. Cpt. (d.2nd Dec 1917)
  • Machin John. 7th Btn. (d.19th Sep 1915)
  • Manners Henry Fairholm. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Marshall Harold Sidney. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • Medler Sidney Richard. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Moulton Harry. Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.19th Feb 1916)
  • Parnell Charles Sidney. Pte 7th Btn (d.12th October 1916)
  • Pearman William Frederick. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Price Arthur George. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Ramm Herbert Leonard. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Rant Arthur Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.15th May 1918)
  • Rees Maurice. Pte. 8th Battalion
  • Roberts Philip Arthur George. Pte.
  • Rush Thomas. CSM.
  • Sanglier Joseph Edward. Pte. 2/5th Btn. (d.4th Dec 1916)
  • Scott John Robert. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.17th Oct 1917)
  • Shearman Edgar. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Dec 1914)
  • Shearman Edward Thomas. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.7th May 1917)
  • Smith Herbert Sydney. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Mar 1917)
  • Sofley Stanley. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Oct 1914)
  • Turner Walter George. L/Cpl.
  • Vickary Edward Lewis. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.8th Sept 1915)
  • Warnes James Henry . Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Watt Charles Ernest. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.19th Aug 1918)
  • Wharton George Bertie. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Wheeler Charles William. Pte.
  • Williams Llewelyn James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.16th October 1915)
  • Witherick Percy John. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.24th Aug 1914)
  • Wright Percy H.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25 Oct 1914)
  • Wright Percy Patricia. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th October 1914)

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George Horace Goode Norfolk Regiment

My great grandad George Horace Goode was born 16/11/1899. He served with the Norfolk Regiment. We have a telegram reporting that he had been gassed and was in a hospital. Not sure where to try to find out more. Can anyone help please?

John Hamblin


Pte. Arthur George Price 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment (d.8th Oct 1918)

Arthur Price was the beloved 2nd son of Albert & Phoebe Price. Who was killed in action in France on 6th October 1918 in his 23rd year. He is buried at High Tree cemetery, Montbrehain, France.

Linda Sharrett


Pte. William James Samuel Cork 1st Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.28th Sep 1916)

William Cork was injured at Delville Wood where he received gunshot wounds to the face, he was taken to Rouen General Hospital on 21/09/1916 and moved to the General Hospital at Etaples, where he died on 28/09/1916. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. Son of William and Alice Maud May Cork, of 163, Armes St., Norwich.

s flynn


Pte. Charles William Wheeler Norfolk Regiment

Charlie Wheeler served with the Norfolk Regiment

Carolyn Morgan


L/Cpl. George Edward Benefer 1/5th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.14th July 1918)

Unfortunately, my great uncle George Benefer was killed in action. Research has shown that this happened in the Egyptian theatre of war, maybe Palestine? Sadly, he was never found. I am seeking information about my uncle and the history of his battalion.

Amanda Brindle


Pte. Richard James Eddy 8th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.19th July 1916)

Richard James Eddy's brother, William Lewis Eddy, died in March of the same year in Mesopotamia at the battle of Dujalah Redoubt. His brother Reginald [Sidney] survived.


Pte. Arthur Goreham 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.28th April 1917)

Arthur Goreham was killed during the Monchy Wood attacks. He was an ex-employee of Colmans Mustard. Arthur is one of 66 on the Memorial Wall at Arras.

Colin Mackenzie


Col.Sgt. Frederick Charles Lake 1st Btn., Attchd. Gold Coast Regiment, WAFF Norfolk Regiment (d.1st April 1915)

Colour Serjeant Lake was the husband of Mabel May Lake of Soham Cottage, College Rd, Watton, Norfolk.

He was buried in the Douala Cemetery, Cameroon, Grave 4.

S Flynn


John Machin 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.19th Sep 1915)

My great uncle Jack Machin was with the 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment. His hat badge was sent home when he died. He was shot through the head and the badge has the damage caused by the bullet. My aunty still has the badge in the family and I have photos of it. My grandma is a Machin. She married a Fillingham.



Pte. Herbert Sydney Smith 1st Btn. Norfolk (d.30th Mar 1917)

Herbert Smith is a relative of my wife and I am trying to piece together the circumstances of his death. From what I have found out the Norfolk's where in the Festubertand area of the line in March 1917 before moving in April. Now comes the sketchy assumption bit. At this period of time the 5th Division which the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment was connected to was in the sector preparing defensive positions south of the River Omignon. As he died of wounds on the 30th of March, I am assuming he was severely wounded during the german attack of 21st/22nd of March 1917. I will try and get more detailed information but if anyone has any leads I would be grateful as we intent to visit his grave in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery on the 100th anniversary of his death with his Granddaughter (my wifes mother)



Pte. Arthur Farmer 7th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.28th Apr 1917)

Arthur Farmer was born in 1885 near Ludlow. He moved with the family to Wednesfield about 1900 and worked on a farm. He married in 1908 and moved to Brewood working as a wagoner on a farm. He had a young son and daughter when he went off to the Somme in summer 1916. He fought at Arras in April 1917. He died from his injuries at Etaples Military Hospital and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.

Edward Harbord


L/Cp. Robert Henry Hammond 7th Btn. Border Regiment (d.7th Aug 1916)

Robert Hammond lived in Runhall Norfolk at the outbreak of war. He was a team master on a local farm and married to Laura Amelia Hurrell. They had 5 children, the oldest being my father John. He enlisted in Norwich with the Norfolk Regiment and was transferred in 1916 to the 7th Border Regiment. He was involved in a suicidal attack at 4.30 pm on the 7th of August 1916 in Delville Wood, the same attack as Harold Cope who's tunic is on display at the IWM. He was listed as missing and has no known grave. I have seen a letter in our local paper from his wife asking if anyone knew of his whereabouts, with a picture. He is commemorated on a plaque in Runhall church and also on the board for hymn numbers.

Tim Hammond


Pte. William George Clark 1/8th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

William George Clark was born on 5th January 1889 in Reading, Berkshire. In the 1911 Census, he was living with his parents, brothers and sisters in Willesden, London NW. His date of attestation is 13th February 1916 at just one month before his 27th birthday. His first regimental number was 24144 with the 7th Norfolk Regiment and then he was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment, 1/8 Battalion and his regimental number was changed to 260029.

The book that I have is a record of his pay dating from 16th June 1917. The first pays are 5 or 10 shillings per week and the place given is “in the field” and then on 5th December 1917 they change to lire in varying amounts, still “in the field”. This continues until the last two payments in the book, which are 15 francs on 24th September 1918 and 10 francs on 14th October 1918 when the book is full. Pencilled in the back of the book is Date of Embarkation June 15, 1917 and “Leave – Nov 3, 1918. From the UK, WW1 War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920, the typed note at the top of the front page is: 25th Division, 75th INFY BDE, the centre of the page shows 1/8th BN Worcestershire Regt, Sep 1918 – Feb 1919. Also, there is a pencilled notation on the front page (from 48 Div. 144 Bde, Italy) and (1915 Apr – 1717 Oct France, same Div and Bde). There are very detailed day-to-day descriptions of the activities including “improving trenches, programme of training, tactical exercises as well as Battalion movements, tactical plans, operation orders in detail, secret orders and reports of the operations, including lists of dead, wounded, prisoners.

After the war, he continued to live with his parents in Willesden and worked with his father as a master plumber until he married Elsie Millicent Breed on 30th April 1922, when they lived in Paddington. Soon after the birth of their daughter, Will went to stay at the Douglas House Convalescent and Holiday Home for Ex-Service Men in Southbourne. He continued to stay there on and off, especially during the winters and the damp days of spring, until shortly after the birth of his son in 1933, he passed away from tuberculosis, contracted as a result of the poor sanitary conditions in the trenches in WW1.

Janice Bragg


Pte. Frederick Ernest Clutterham 8th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.22nd Oct 1916)

Great uncle Frederick Clutterham died serving his country on the battlefields of the Somme in October 1916. He was 25 years old. His name can be found on the North and South Pickering War Memorial as well as the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Allison Morgan


Pte. John Foyster 9th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.1st May 1917)

John Foyster was wounded at the Somme in 1916 and evacuated via Australian Hospital to hospital in Cardiff. He returned to the front. He was killed in action on his last day in the trenches by a direct hit on the dugout. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

Dave Ellis


Pte. Bertie Jeffries 8th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

I don't know much about Bertie Jeffries, just know he was killed on first day of the Somme, he is on the Thiepval Memorial wall and thought maybe he should be listed here with his brothers.

Brian Jeffries


Pte. Sidney Richard Medler 1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment

Sidney Medler was born 25 Jan 1897 in Ringland to Farmer Walter James Medler and wife Elizabeth (nee Craske). He was the 3rd son and one of 6 siblings. He enlisted on 25th July 1916, aged 19 into the Royal Norfolk Regiment. He arrived in France on 23rd November 1916 to join the 1st Battalion.

I know he was present at the Battle for Vimy Ridge as my grandfather (Sidney's son) told me. This is probably were he received shrapnel wounds to his right leg. He left for England and convalescence on 19th May 1917.

I have a photograph of the Canadian Hospital HRH Duchess of Connaught Hospital so he may have stayed here. Wherever it was, he was gravely ill for a while with septicaemia and his parents were sent for to say their "goodbyes". However, he did not die, but family lore says that 2 nurses nursing him caught the infection from him and died at that time. Sidney recovered to be discharged from service because of disablement on 21st December 1917 and to receive a war pension. He also received the Victory and the Silver Star Medal. Sidney and his two brothers survived the war.

Paula Vernon


Pte. Edgar Shearman 1st Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.6th Dec 1914)

Private Edgar Shearman 7021, of the 1st. Norfolk Regiment, was killed in Belgium on the 6th. December 1914 near Ypres. He was born in Graywood and later moved to Scunthorpe in 1912. He was the father of one child, but no details are known. He is named on the Menin Gate Memorial. Aged 32, Edgar was the husband of Jane of Wanfords Cottages, Wood St. Kings Lynn. He was twice posted missing during fighting around Ypres. He is believed to be buried at Poelcapelle Cemetery, Belgium. Unfortunately his headstone reads “ An Unknown Soldier of The Norfolk Regiment 6:12:1914.” along with so many others. Also named on the commemorative stained glass window situated in All Saints Church South Lynn alongside his brother Edward Thomas.

Christine Jones


Pte. Llewelyn James Williams 8th Btn. Norfolk Regiment (d.16th October 1915)

Llewelyn was the son of Mr E R Williams, 46 High Street, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts


Pte. William Earnest Goulty MM. 8th Btn. Norfolk Regiment

Originally from Norwich, Pte William Goulty MM relocated to Rotherham, South Yorkshire after WW1, along with two brothers. The family story goes that he was a runner and he won his Military Medal for actions in 1916. No citation has survived, which was apparently written on a drum skin, his medals are in Norwich military museum.

As was sometimes the case, the war was never mentioned, no stories have survived. Does anyone have any section/platoon/battalion photographs, newspaper cuttings etc of the 8th Battalion?

M Horne

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